Seeds Dominate On Day 2
Published October 19, 2010 12:00
LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - All five seeds in first round action Monday at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open were victorious in straight sets, including fifth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova, who continues to have her way with Jill Craybas.
After splitting the first 10 games, Hantuchova only lost one game the rest of the way in her 75 61 defeat of Craybas, a lucky loser here. That raised her career record against the American to 6-0, with all six of the matches being decided in straight sets.
"The first match on a different surface is never easy," said Hantuchova, who last week in the Linz quarterfinals lost to eventual runner-up Patty Schnyder. "Jill is a good player with a lot of experience, so I was glad to win in two sets."
Hantuchova, who is playing this event for the eighth time with her best result being a run to the final in 2007, commented on her season as a whole.
"It hasn't been a disaster or a bad season. Also, it hasn't been great," she said. "I was almost injury-free, except for the shoulder now. I lost some matches I should have won. It's been okay."
Hantuchova's potential quarterfinal opponent, No.1 seed and 2008 Luxembourg champion Elena Dementieva, also advanced Monday, but was tested by Peng Shuai. The Russian, who will compete in next week's season-ending WTA Championships - Doha 2010, was down 5-1 in the second set, reeled off 12 straight points, then had four sets points against her while down 5-4, but eventually held serve and closed out the match, 75 76(3).
Other seeds moving on were second-seeded Aravane Rezai, seventh-seeded Jarmila Groth and eighth-seeded Julia Goerges. Groth had the easiest win of the trio, disposing of Tathiana Garbin, 62 62. The Australian had lost three of four matches since winning her first career title in Guangzhou last month, but now appears to be back on track.